Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon

Beautiful on the Outside

Former Olympic figure skater and self-professed America's Sweetheart Adam Rippon shares his underdog journey from beautiful mess to outrageous success in this hilarious, big-hearted memoir that the Washington Post calls "comedic gold."Your mom probably told you it's what on the inside that counts. Well, then she was never a competitive figure skater. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon has been making it pretty for the judges even when, just below the s...

Details Beautiful on the Outside

TitleBeautiful on the Outside
Release DateOct 15th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Audiobook, LGBT, Sports

Reviews Beautiful on the Outside

  • andrea caro
    Probably wrong to rate a book based on a 30 page sampler, but I love Adam Rippon and have preordered a signed copy of this book, an unsigned copy, and the audiobook, so you can't stop me.What I can tell you based on those 30 pages - his voice really shines through in stories about Victorian women ice skating on popcorn tins, anxiety attacks on the way to school, a skating party hosted by a girl named Anastasia Davenport who is mysteriously not of...
  • Jennifer Schultz
    Read if you: Want a fun, funny, but also sweet memoir about someone who beat the odds.. If you've been a longtime figure skating fan, Adam Rippon is no overnight media sensation. However, that's what he became at the 2018 Winter Games. Not only did his beautiful skating attract new admirers, but his witty personality and outspokenness also endeared him to many.I knew the basics of Rippon's story--oldest of six children, parental divorce when he w...
  • Lorrie Kim
    Yes, you will probably laugh out loud reading Adam Rippon’s Beautiful on the Outside. (That happened to me five times, twice in public.)If you’re hoping for a sassy gay voice with this book, you’re in luck. Double luck if you were also hoping for gems of skate-mom wisdom from Kelly Rippon.There is a smattering of inside dirt, all the more delightful because it is meticulously worded and beyond reproach.I don’t know if you’ll cry, but I ...
  • Donna Hines
    We all know its what's on the inside that counts!Yet sometimes that mess on the outside is equally outstanding and worthy of the gold!In this case both situations are true!You'd be correct in saying Adam wasn't born with a silver spoon.You'd also be correct in noting his mom was like many single moms struggling to survive.Yet, the story graciously builds upon his humble roots in Scranton Pa to his glorious & albeit closely monitored life in Calif...
  • Kelly ...
    What makes a good celebrity memoir? For me it must be open and a bit voyeuristic, chatty and a bit gossipy, sweet, funny, warm and positive. It must read like a lengthy storytelling one-on-one chat over coffee. It must feel like I know the person.Adam Rippon's new memoir, Beautiful on the Outside is all of these things. His book will teach you a bit more about figure skating. It will make you laugh out loud. But mostly it will make you feel like ...
  • Nursebookie
    I loved this memoir! You have to read this and should not be missed!This book was well written that got me from laughing to crying to laughing again on this juicy memoir full of raw honesty and an absolute page turner. Rippon's journey and passion to becoming an Olympic athlete was detailed so beautifully. Watching the Winter Olympics Figure skating was always a family affair and was never missed. So when this memoir came out, I knew I had to rea...
  • patricia baldwin
    Wow. Just wow.Thank you Adam. This old lady figure skater follower is now more educated in the finer points of skating and competition. I love your mom. Your book did it for me. Drug testing had me crying and laughing at the same time. Please follow up with more writing as you embark on new ventures.
  • Erin Schaick
    Adam Rippon is a national treasure.
  • Christina
    Like a long Instagram story from our boy. I enjoyed it!
  • Allana
    I did not know how much I needed this book until I started reading it. If you don't know who Adam Rippon is, you need to take a good hard look at your life and re-evaluate your entire existence. Then you purchase this book.For one thing, Adam Rippon is delightfully sassy and blunt. The tone of his voice really shines through in this memoir and there are a ton of laugh-out-loud moments that take you by complete surprise. But let me tell you, the a...
  • Judith
    Short, highly readable memoir by one of my favorite skaters. Rippon tells the tale of his rise from his first time on the ice (hated it) to Olympic glory at the ripe age of 27. He reveals his embarrassing moments in somewhat grim detail, from boyhood to adult (some things never change). And he does it all with a sense of humor that seems to come naturally.Rippon made headlines when he came out shortly before the Olympics in 2018. It isn't unusual...
  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    While at BookExpo this past Spring, I happened upon Adam Rippon being interviewed about his new book and while I didn't hear the whole interview, I knew right away, this was a book I had to read. I was captivated by his presence - I had fallen in love with him during the 2018 Olympics like most people had and I wanted to hear his story - plus, he was narrating the audio himself...what a fantastic treat!I absolutely loved this book. It is filled w...
  • Living My Best Book Life
    Beautiful on the Outside was beautifully written and gives readers an inside look at all the ups and downs that come with being a professional athlete. We are able to see every side of him which makes this such an enjoyable read. His sass and charm shine through!The story begins with Adam describing how he never felt like he fit in anywhere. He admits how he was bullied and I appreciated his vulnerability. As the story moves on, we get to see how...
  • Kevin
    Figure skating Olympic medalist Adam Rippon delivers a gold medal-worthy memoir that is both laugh-out-loud funny and inspiring. Rippon's sassy, outspoken personality and his skating skills made him a star of the 2018 Winter Olympics. At age 28, he was a decade older than his teammates. He had missed out on two previous Olympics and had broken his foot a year before he finally made the team. But he was also skating at his best. "I think people re...
  • Krista
    Note: This review is based on an ARC I received from Netgalley.There are times when a book surprises me. "Beautiful on the Outside" 100% did that. While I didn't expect the ebook to be horrible, I absolutely did not expect to love it, either. And yet, like the author itself, this happy, bubbly memoir is difficult to resist."Beautiful on the Outside" is the breezy autobiography of skater Adam Rippon, most famously known for his gorgeous skating pe...
  • Lea Ann
    Adam Rippon is a national treasure who must be protected and celebrated. Light-hearted, witty and exceedingly fun, in Beautiful on the Outside, Rippon uses his trademark humor to tell the story of his introduction to skating and the trials and sacrifices made by his family to turn him into an Olympic medalist. In the book he answers some questions, such as why did I see his sweet mug EVERYWHERE during the Olympics (he didn't say no to any media r...
  • Juliette
    I’m going to be that judge and deduct a star for technical merit. Rippon writes a hilarious and compelling memoir, and his book is like a message from a friend. “But Juliette,” you say, “isn’t Rippon 29-years-old? What could experience he possibly have had to write about?”He’s an Olympian. He writes about the early mornings, the weeks away from his family as a young boy, his physical difficulties (including his eating disorder), com...
  • Nathan Bartos
    ***I received a free eARC of this book from Grand Central Publishing through Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.****4.5 StarsAdam Rippon has such a strong, entertaining voice that he could've been writing about nearly anything, and I would've been captivated. Luckily, the story of his journey to and a little bit past the Olympics is an entertaining ride on its own as well.This is really ...
  • Vickie
    I laughed. I cried. I nearly wet myself. I knew the book would be funny and entertaining, but it far exceeded my expectations. Adam is a true storyteller, and I'm thrilled he's now sharing THIS gift with us. (Seriously, is there anything he can't do?)He doesn't hold back or sugarcoat anything, and it doesn't seem like there's really anything off limits as he tells us about his life in skating. I learned quite a bit about what it's like to be an e...
  • Jack Nix
    I very much enjoy Adam Rippon’s social media presence, but that’s pretty much all this book is. I guess I was expecting for more to be revealed during this memoir, but it’s pretty much chapter after chapter of Adam saying how hard he worked in skating & that it didn’t always work out... peppered in stories about bad bathroom experiences & how his mother nagged him. Also, I chose the audiobook because I thought Adam’s fun personality wou...
  • Rachelle
    Beautiful on the Outside... Adam's self described journey from preteen uncertainty to Olympian success, and everything in between. With a lighthearted and witty approach, Adam keeps the jokes rolling, and doesn't let. you forget his birthday. He explains the difficult moments he faced as an artist and an athlete, and struggles and successes as a gay man who figure skates. He is wise and knows how to make the best of a situation.
  • Ida
    This was a fun and interesting read. I enjoyed Rippon's candid recount of his figure skating life. He conveyed both humor (a lot of it) and seriousness, in many sense this was real life coming of age story. I may have shed a small tear at the end. There were some interesting tidbids from the figure skating world, and having following his career, it was fun to see a behind the scenes. I think more casual fans would also enjoy this, though, there i...
  • Jessica
    I think I’m going with ⭐⭐⭐💫, rounded up. It was a delightful celebrity memoir. Can’t say it’s anything revolutionary but it was a fun treat to read. His humor comes through the page, which is what makes it so fun. The writing itself is just OK and that’s probably the only criticism I have. I bet this would be a super fun audiobook!Thanks to the publisher for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review! I think I...
  • Jessica
    I could not put this book down! I am a figure skating fan and have been a fan of Adam for years, and this book did not disappoint. There were several laugh out loud moments, and it was interesting to learn about some of the experiences in his life that got him where he is today. I highly recommend this book.
  • Rhonda WArren
    Entertaining and inspiringVery funny and engaging read - I devoured this book. I'm not an active viewer of figure skating but loved reading about Adam's journey. He's hilarious, kind, and inspiring and I think everyone would enjoy this read.
  • Britt Blythe
    An inside look on not only the prestige of an Olympian but also the trials and tribulations of what it takes to be a competitive athlete. Wow! And of course, this is sprinkled with everything we love about Adam!
  • Sudie
    This memoir is as awesome as his skating. Few books make me belly laugh out loud & this did on several occasions. Adam is the real deal-genuine & what you see is what you get. A much needed realistic voice from the insular figure skating scene.
  • Hilary
    Loved this! Adam's voice really shines through and gets his personality and humour across. He tells about his skating life growing up, his relationship with his mom (the OG momager), and what it's like to fight to get to the Olympics 3 different times. What a great read!
  • Janice
    I don't usually consider a book to be amazing but I think Adam would be disappointed if I said otherwise. I really enjoyed his account of his skating career from day one until he went on to do and is still doing bigger things. Bravo Adam!!
  • Yannes (infinitebookish)
    I LOVE THIS BOOK. And I love Adam, of course.